Kolkata Knight Riders are one of the most successful franchises in the IPL right after the Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings. They have won the trophy twice and have been a tough team to play against for most teams. However, sometimes when they have struggled, they have struggled badly and this should be a worrying factor for a team who some might say has not been able to secure many back-ups for many key positions in this year’s IPL mega auction.
With that being said, KKR has also managed to pool in a very strong XI. One that has all the depth and all the firepower which may help them in a long way as the season progresses especially when you consider that they will be playing most of their games in batting-friendly pitches like Wankhede and in Pune.
Last year as the IPL was divided into two halves due to covid, KKR also had a season of two halves. The first was sad and dull where they were struggling to win even a single match. And the second half was amazing and interesting where they were struggling to lose a game. That is what took them to the finals as well.
They have retained their core by keeping some of their key players like Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine. Varun Chakravarthy. They also managed to keep Nitish Rana and Pat Cummins after the auctions and they had one of the best picks in the IPL to buy Shreyas Iyer who not only will be captaining this side but is also in the form of his life.
This KKR playing XI looks a daunting side and perhaps one of the best teams in the tournament if may dare say, provided, their starting XI plays most games.
Let us look at their expected playing XI and their strengths and squads of the Kolkata Knight Riders –
Kolkata Knight Riders Squad IPL 2022:
IPL 2022 KKR Squad: Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, Shivam Mavi, Sheldon Jackson, Ajinkya Rahane, Rinku Singh, Anukul Roy, Rasikh Dar, Baba Indrajith, Chamika Karunaratne, Abhijeet Tomar, Pratham Singh, Ashok Sharma, Sam Billings, Aaron Finch, Tim Southee, Ramesh Kumar, Mohammad Nabi, Umesh Yadav, Aman Khan
Squad Composition 25
Amount Remaining In Purse INR 0.45 Crore
Kolkata Knight Riders Playing 11 2022 (Suggested XI)
Aaron Finch, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Shreyas Iyer (C), Sheldon Jackson (WK), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy & Umesh Yadav